ceo – aka Eric Berglund, one half of Sweden’s the Tough Alliance – has pop music nailed. His songs with the Tough Alliance brought Caribbean rhythms to electro-pop, and on his debut solo album released earlier this year, he generally maintained a similar sound. In an interview with Pitchfork, he revealed his love of pop translated into a solid understanding of what a pop song needs. While he claims he doesn’t keep up with new music, at some point some Beyoncé must have found its way into his hands. On the b-side of his recently released 7″ single for his track “Illuminata,” he takes on her soaring anthem, “Halo.”
ceo smartly doesn’t try to tone down the song’s spirit. The piano disappears, replaced with electric guitar. A more complex drum machine line is added. A few other instrumental additions and subtractions help to make his rendition distinctly his, but it never strays too far from the sincerity of the original. Listen below.
ceo – Halo (Beyoncé cover)
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